Posted by Grace Feng on June 5, 2012
Usually “so so” can be expressed as “还行吧 hái xíng ba” in Chinese language. However, there are actually lots of ways to express the same meaning. There are slight differences between them that you can use to leverage your expressions. Hopefully from this Learn Chinese online blog you’ll get to know most of the “so so” ways in Chinese.
“还行吧 hái xíng ba” itself means “It’s okay, but not that good. ” you can also use a few other options that are equivalent to this one :
You can also use a few Chinese idioms alone to serve your purpose. These idioms are slightly more negative than the above :
You can also say:
bù suàn chà
They are slightly more positive than the three idioms.
Now we’ll practice them in the following conversation :
A: zuìjìn zěnmeyàng?
A: How are you lately?
B: hái guòdéqù.
B: So so.
A: kàn guò wǒ tuījiàn de nà bù diànyǐng le ma?
A: Have you seen the movie I recommended?
B: kàn le， mǎmahūhū, bùtàihǎo kàn。
B: 看了，马马虎虎, 不太好看。
B: Yes, it was so so, not that good.
A: nà nǐ zhōumò yǒu shénme ānpái?
A: Got any plan for the weekend?
B: qù Nánshān gōngyuán， tīngshuō nàge dìfang hái kěyǐ。
B: I plan to go to Nan Shan park, it is said to be an OK place.
A: shì ā， jìnchù hǎowán de gōngyuán zhēn bù duō， nǐ jiù xiān jiāngjiu yīxià ba!
A: Well, yeah, there are actually not that many parks nearby, you can’t be too picky.
B: děng wǒ mǎi le chē， wǒ jiù qù yuǎn yīxiē de dìfang dùjià， bùzài zhèyàng chāqiángrényì de guòrìzi。
B: Once I bought a car, I will go spend my vacation somewhere afar. I will have a better life.
A: nà nǐ de jiàzhào kǎo guò le ma?
A: Have you passed your driving test?
B: kǎo le sāncì， zuìhòu yīcì miǎnmiǎnqiǎngqiǎng guò le。
B: After two failed driving tests, I barely passed the last one.
Make sure you understand all the content of the conversation. You’ll find out that actually “so so” is a very high frequency expression. But at the same time, there are so many ways of saying it. Try to practice all of them in your spare time. The example sentences in the conversation can be memorized so you can reuse then in your own conversation.
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